We are one month away from Black Friday, the first official shopping day of the 2019 holiday season. Fry’s Electronics is supposed to be stocking up on new inventory for the holidays and give longtime customers confidence that the 34-year-old retail chain will remain open in 2020. Based on recent entries to The Layoff, customers at many stores are finding the shelves more barren of inventory and salesclerks are still claiming that they’re switching vendors. Three new developments may explain why Fry’s will continue to be a zombie retailer.
A friend mentioned several weeks ago that Fry’s Electronics was closing the Palo Alto store after the holidays. We jumped into the car and went over to the Campbell store. The parking lot empty, the shelves barren, the customers few, and the salesclerks unhelpful as always. After I posted my montage video, I’ve gotten comments that other stores around the country were in better or worse shape than the Campbell store. Fry’s Electronics put out a statement that they weren’t going out of business, are in the middle of changing vendors, and plan to stock the shelves for the holiday season.
A friend noticed a headline that the Fry’s Electronic store in Palo Alto, CA, was closing at the end of 2019. We drove over to the Fry’s Electronics in Campbell, CA, to check out the store. Something we haven’t done in years since Best Buy, Amazon and Newegg has everything we needed. We found and empty parking lot, under stock or empty shelves, and very few sales people who interested in helping anyone. If Fry’s Electronics does go out of business, it will be the end of an era.